Surat gets Riverfront

The riverfront project, developed at the cost of Rs.20 crore, and 0.75-kilometer long was inaugurated and then dedicated to people of Surat by chief minister Anandiben Patel. She exhorted the residents of the Diamond City to consider water as a divine `prasad' of the almighty god and use it accordingly .
She said, “The civic body has developed the riverfront project at the cost of Rs.20 crore. Now it is the responsibility of the city residents to maintain this recreational spot by not littering it with leftover food and plastic bags. The state government has given Rs.1,900 crore worth of monetary grants to the municipal corporation in the past five years. It is our goal to provide top class basic infrastructure to the city residents.“
The project has been inspired by the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project in Ahmedabad.
Patel also laid the foundation stones and dedicated public utility projects worth Rs.136 crore in the presence of cabinet minister Saurabh Patel, Surat Municipal Corporation officials and senior BJP leaders. The chief minister attended a series of events during her visit to the city. The biggest drawback of this public recreation facility on the banks of Tapi river in Adajan was that it would get submerged if more than 2.5 lakh cusecs of water was released from Ukai dam into the river during the monsoon season.
Earlier in the day, the chief minister launched the online portal of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) at Sahara Darwaja, facilitating online purchase of vegetables by city residents.

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